Court hears from man accused of robberies in Portsmouth

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A MAN accused of robbing two convenience stores at knifepoint has appeared in court.

One of the alleged incidents happened on Saturday at 7.50pm at Handy Store, Newcome Road, Fratton.

A robber with a knife took £3,780 from the till and safe, plus a purse containing cash, scratchcards and lottery tickets.

The other alleged attack happened on Tuesday, February 10 between 7pm and 7.40pm at Premier Stores, Sultan Road, Buckland.

This time a single male shop assistant was threatened at knifepoint and a robber made off with £598.

Paul Stone, 39, of no fixed abode, appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court yesterday morning.

He was charged with two counts of carrying a bladed article and two counts of robbery.

Stone did not enter a plea to the four charges and he was remanded in custody.

He will next appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on Monday, March 16.